As the United States confronts an ever-changing set of international challenges, our foreign policy leaders continue to offer the same old answers. But what are the alternatives? In None of the Above, the Eurasia Group Foundation’s Mark Hannah asks leading global thinkers for new answers and new ideas to guide an America increasingly adrift in the world.
Should We Stay Or Should We Go?
In two months, U.S. troops are slated to withdraw from Afghanistan per an agreement with the Taliban. It’s unclear whether President Biden will adhere to the terms of the agreement, or whether he’ll try to extend the deadline. Many are suggesting he prolong the troop deployment until Afghanistan stabilizes. Others argue the May 1 deadline is the best chance for the U.S. to finally end America’s longest war. This week Mark is joined by two experts, Laurel Miller and Adam Weinstein, to explore the issue
Can Europe Defend Itself?
President Biden's promises to restore and renew America’s commitment to NATO and its European allies. Supporters of the NATO argue Russian aggression compels continued American military engagement on the continent. But is Russia really so threatening and is Europe so weak? Professor Barry Posen of MIT joins the Mark to discuss the future of America’s security interests in Europe. They cover Posen’s recent piece for the journal Survival, in which he insists - and demonstrates how - Europe can defend it
Biden’s Foreign Policy Team
Will the Biden administration implement a progressive foreign policy agenda? While there are early reasons to think he might, several key national security and foreign policy appointments project a more complicated picture. Katrina vanden Heuvel, long-time editor and part owner of The Nation, joins Eurasia Group Foundation’s Mark Hannah to unpack early indications of whether President Biden will follow through on the realistic and humble foreign policy on which he campaigned.
War Power Politics
The legal basis for the endless war on terror comes from two authorizations for the use of military force in Iraq and Afghanistan, which have been used since to justify US military involvement around the world. In this episode Mark is joined by Heather Brandon Smith (from the Friends Committee on National Legislation) and Rita Siemion (from Human Rights First). They discuss the history of these AUMFs, why repealing them is necessary, and the prospects for reform under the Biden administration.
Countries in Glass Houses
After the violent riots on Capitol Hill last Wednesday left America’s democratic institutions shaken, foreign policy leaders in Washington grappled with America’s credibility on the world stage. The next day, the Atlantic Council’s Emma Ashford wrote a provocative piece in Foreign Policy arguing, “It’s a sign of how broken U.S. foreign-policy debates are that the primary reaction from many commentators was to worry about America’s moral authority and global leadership.”
Foreign Affairs Update
As Washington prepares to transition from a Trump to a Biden presidency, how might we expect America’s global role to change in the years ahead? This week, the Eurasia Group Foundation’s Mark Hannah speaks with Inkstick Media’s Laicie Heeley and The Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor to suss out the possible consequences for U.S. foreign policy. From the Middle East to China, this week’s episode explores what’s in store for the future of the international order (such as it is).